ELI Project Director
Rev. Bill and Bobbie Boggess
I am from Columbus, Mississippi and my wife is from Atlanta,Georgia. I was saved at Mississippi State University my senior year (1972) by the testimony of a fraternity brother. After studying journalism at MSU, I attended Florida Bible College for four semesters. It was there that I met my wife-to-be and decided to go into the ministry. After studying at FBC, I worked part-time in a church for two years in Mississippi where I recognized my need for additional training. Then I went to Dallas Theological Seminary and received a Th.M. in 1980.
All through seminary I was heading for the pastorate. I didn’t see where I could fit in on the mission field, having the gifts and desire to be a pastor. At a missions conference at Dallas Seminary in 1980, we learned of the need for pastors to start churches in western Europe. We looked into the opportunity and felt the call to church-planting in France with TEAM. We helped plant three churches in the Paris suburbs for 34 years.
Barbara and I have been married 43 years and we have three sons and two grandsons.
I want to use my years of experience in France and my French Language proficiency in a strategic way for God’s kingdom, specifically to train pastors in French-speaking countries of Africa. Over the years of church-planting in France, Isaw that leadership training was critical. Church-planters need solid pastoral/theological training to found churches on a solid foundation. The African church needs to see God raise up teachable, gifted men to lead His people and ground His church in Biblical truth. And once trained, they need to train up the next generation of spiritual leaders. After retiring from TEAM France in 2018, I now want to work to equip leaders while I have good health and energy.
Since joining ELI, I have been involved with equipping leaders in Myanmar (one trip), Senegal (three trips), Mali (two trips), the Gambia (in Senegal) and the Congo (RDC) (one trip). I have also been involved in translating 4 ELI courses into French.